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Nov 07, 2012

Nov 07, 2012

Meningitis outbreak investigators say quick work paid off

(CIDRAP News) – A public health investigation into an unusual fungal meningitis death in Tennessee quickly uncovered other related cases and expedited detection and treatment that probably saved lives, while drawing national attention to the problem, according to a report yesterday from some of the state officials who worked on the probe.

Nov 05, 2012

Nov 05, 2012

Meningitis outbreak toll rises as complications surface

(CIDRAP News) – Fifteen more infections and one more death have been reported in a multistate fungal meningitis outbreak, according to federal health officials, and reports are starting to surface about serious complications in some patients.

Nov 02, 2012

Nov 02, 2012

Bacteria found in two drugs as meningitis outbreak tops 400

(CIDRAP News) – Tests by federal health officials have detected bacterial contamination in two products from the Massachusetts compounding pharmacy linked to a multistate fungal meningitis outbreak caused by tainted steroid drugs, a finding that amplifies worries about the sterility of the company's products.

Nov 01, 2012

Nov 01, 2012

Fungal meningitis outbreak grows to 386 cases

(CIDRAP News) – Nine more patients have been sickened in a multistate fungal meningitis outbreak linked to a Massachusetts company's tainted steroid injections, boosting the total so far to 386, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today.

Oct 31, 2012

Oct 31, 2012

FDA probe prompts recall from second compounding pharmacy

(CIDRAP News) – A second compounding pharmacy today recalled all of its products in the wake of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigations surrounding a multistate fungal meningitis outbreak linked to contaminated injectable steroids.

Oct 29, 2012

Oct 29, 2012

Report: Deaths, illness linked to compounding pharmacies not new

(CIDRAP News) – Safety problems with products from compounding pharmacies even before the current multistate fungal meningitis outbreak led to at least 23 deaths and 86 serious illnesses or injuries in 34 states over the past decade, according to a report today from a Massachusetts congressman.

Oct 26, 2012

Oct 26, 2012

Investigation flags several issues at tainted steroid producer

(CIDRAP News) – The compounding pharmacy that produced tainted steroid injections implicated in a multistate fungal meningitis outbreak had problems maintaining the clean room where the drugs were processed, according to a federal report today that found, for example, greenish residue on the ceiling.

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